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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book! Great new series!, 11 Jun 1999
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When a brother and sister who have lost all their family wealth in the Crash of 1929 discover they have inherited their Great Uncle Horatio's rural New York mansion, Honeysuckle Cottage, they also learn that their uncle's will requires them to reside in the mansion for ten years before the house is actually theirs. Also, Great Uncle Horatio, who supposedly drowned in a boating accident, may actually have been murdered. The two lead characters set out to discover the truth about their uncle's death. Jill Churchill has begun a wonderful new series set in the 1930's, and I hope the next book is out soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 30's Romp, 28 Jun 1999
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Twenty-four year old socialite Lily Brewster and her brother Robert, two years older, are victims of the stock market crash of 1929. Their family money is gone, their father commits suicide. Forced into the practically non-existent job market with little skills and no experience, Lily finds a job in a bank sorting checks, a job she hates. Robert becomes a paid escort or, when the opportunity arises, the maitre d' in one of the posh restaurants such as Café Savarin, Fraunces Tavern, Luchow's, or Algonquin, that have survived the Depression. Rescue from their pitiful existence comes in the form of an entailed inheritance from their Great Uncle Horatio who deeds them his mansion, renamed Grace and Favor Cottage, and his millions if they make Voorburg-on-Hudson their home for ten years. Confirmed New Yorkers, they view this clause as nothing less than exile. However, circumstances being what they are, Lily and Robert take up residence and soon are investigating Uncle Horatio's death, one which looks more and more like murder each day. Anything Goes is a delightful first in a new series with a strong heroine and an endearing hero.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminders of early Tommy and Tuppence (Christie characters), 21 Jun 1999
By A Customer
A breezy,easy fun read from front to back. An entertaining mystery with intelligent people and surprises! Likable characters who would fit right in with Agatha Christie's young Tommy and Tuppence. What I liked best was the gentle, mental reminder that "class tells." In a way that is never snobbish, one is reminded of the important yesteryear virtues of finesse and good manners. An example is when the lead female character approaches the subject of the boating accident at the dinner table and then privately berates herself for doing so because one does not discuss death at dinner....where have her social graces slipped! It was a lovely read for that purpose alone, to remember a time when etiquette meant seeing to the niceties and to the comfort of those around you. You care about the characters and the changes in their lives and the mystery that surrounds them and has brought them together. Plus the main spark is that of an interesting, clever mystery that engages you with turns and twists. Hoping more will come along soon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reminders of early Tommy and Tuppence (Christie characters), 21 Jun 1999
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A breezy,easy fun read from front to back. An entertaining mystery with intelligent people and surprises! Likable characters who would fit right in with Agatha Christie's young Tommy and Tuppence. What I liked best was the gentle, mental reminder that "class tells." In a way that is never snobbish, one is reminded of the important yesteryear virtues of finesse and good manners. An example is when the lead female character approaches the subject of the boating accident at the dinner table and then privately berates herself for doing so because one does not discuss death at dinner....where have her social graces slipped! It was a lovely read for that purpose alone, to remember a time when etiquette meant seeing to the niceties and to the comfort of those around you. You care about the characters and the changes in their lives and the mystery that surrounds them and has brought them together. Plus the main spark is that of an interesting, clever mystery that engages you with turns and twists. Hoping more will come along soon!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming cozy, 8 Aug 1999
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This is my first Churchill experience and I loved it. The protagonists are fun and charming. She has created a totally delicious world for them to inhabit with vivid interesting characters. The plot was just right too. A couple of murders to solve of course, and with enough clues for the reader to have a fair chance at figuring it out and enough misleading clues to keep it interesting. Its a classic cozy, just right in every way.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired!, 6 Aug 1999
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A "vacation read" and the very best of the bunch. Lovely writing, inspired characters, everything works in this book. I've already passed my copy on to a friend, and she can't put it down. I absolutely loved the strong spirit of pulling together, evaluating what is important, and some of the lessons of the Great Depression -- as well as a spirt of fun with the story and characters. Wish Mamalinde's Mama was here to share this story.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful new series for Cozy-lovers, 29 Aug 1999
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I love the Jane Jeffrey mysteries, so I was apprehensive that Jill Churchill would be diluting her talents. Never fear. Ms. Churchill's humor and intelligence shine through in this new book. The sister and brother protagonists are winning and sympathetic. The historical setting gives the mystery and characterizations more meaning, as the Great Depression brought out the best and worst in people. Now I get to look forward to two new Jill Churchill mysteries a year. Hooray!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Read!, 1 Aug 1999
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I really enjoyed reading this book. The author was very true to the time period and dropping the vernacular of the day and other bits social commentary added to the book. I hope she writes more of these kind of books. I am a big S. S. Van Dine fan, and I know Philo Vance would like her very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cozy Readers Will Love This Book, 14 July 1999
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I enjoy Churhill's Jane Jeffrey series but I am in love with this book!! It is wonderful-a great read. The main characters are delicious and I like the time period it takes place-during the 20's depression. I am eagerly awaiting the next book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun New Mystery Series Set In The 1930s, 7 July 1999
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Great story, great characters, great book! Later for the long, drawn out reviews! Highly recommended, 'nuff said!
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Anything Goes (Grace and Favor Mysteries, No. 1)
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